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Virtualization in Cloud Computing, Network Infrastructure, Software Services and Platform Services


December 2013




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Virtualization, Network Function Virtualization, SDN, Software Defined Networks, Virtualization in Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Applications, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS


Virtualization within a computing context refers the act of creating a virtual version of a resource including, but not limited to a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Hardware virtualization or platform virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual machine that acts like a real computer with an operating system. Virtualization software enables abstraction of code and related controls and data.

Various technologies are involved in virtualization including those that allow for interface between platforms over an Application Programming Interface (API). One such API and technology is Software Defined Networking (SDN) which allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower level functionality.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is an industry-wide initiative that has captured the imagination and commitment of the telecommunications industry in the past year. The business motivation for NFV is largely reduction in capital expenditures (CapEx), operational expenses (OpEx), and improvement in service velocity and the potential to improve customer experience.

This research evaluates virtualization within the context of Cloud computing, Network Infrastructure, Software Services and Platform Services. The report includes analysis of virtualization opportunities and challenges, use cases, predictions, and forecast through 2014 for the special case of virtualization within telephony: Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

See Table of Contents for complete list of areas covered.

Report Benefits

  • Forecast for Network Function Virtualization
  • NFV use cases, future vision, and predictions
  • Understand the role of virtualization in the cloud
  • Identify opportunities for virtualization in SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS
  • Identify virtualization operational challenges and opportunities

Target Audience

  • Telecom service providers
  • Security solutions providers
  • NFV technology/solution vendors
  • Content and application providers
  • Datacentre and hosting companies
  • Cloud services (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) companies
  • Companies involved with SDN and virtualization

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Virtualization
  • Virtualization Concept
  • Virtualization Motivation
  • Virtualization Challenges
  • Configuration Manager in Virtualization
  • Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVDS)
  • HVD Concept
  • HVD Benefits
  • HVD Challenges
  • Virtualization Usage
  • Role of Virtualization in Cloud Computing
  • Is Virtualization Cloud Computing?
  • Virtualization Roadmap to Cloud Computing
  • Network Virtualization Enables in Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Motivation
  • Cloud Computing Challenges
  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure Models
  • Public Model
  • Private Model
  • Hybrid Model
  • Opportunities in Cloud Computing Service Delivery
  • Opportunity for Telecom Operator
  • Opportunity for Content Provider
  • Opportunity for User
  • Cloud Computing Usage
  • Role of Cloud Computing in Mobile Platform
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Motivation and Promises
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Potential Challenges
  • Cloud App in Mobile
  • Cloud App Market
  • Cloud Service Provider Analysis
  • Amazon
  • Telefonica
  • Safaricom
  • NTT
  • Verizon
  • NEC
  • AT&T
  • Role of Virtualization in Network Infrastructure
  • The First Mobile Network Virtualizatin: Mobile Virtual Network Operators
  • MVNO Concept
  • MVNO Market Share
  • Who Should be an MVNO?
  • MVNO Motivations
  • MVNO Challenges
  • MVNO Market Lesson
  • MVNO Usage Trend
  • MVNO Likelihood in Middle East
  • SWOT for MVNO Market Entry
  • OMANtel Case Analysis
  • AT&T Case Analysis
  • T-Mobile USA Case Analysis
  • Telecom Network Challenges
  • Security
  • Latency
  • Vendor Dependency
  • Standardisation
  • Aricent: LTE/EPC Network Solution Case Analysis
  • IP Core Virtualized Network
  • Data Centre Virtualization
  • Role of Virtualization in Cloud-Based Platform Services
  • Apache
  • Eucalyptus
  • Microsoft
  • Openstack
  • VMWare
  • Amazon
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • NFV Revenue: 2014-2019
  • NFV Revenue by Region 2014-2019
  • Asia Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • North America
  • Western Europe
  • Business Continuity with Cloud Computing and Virtualization
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

List of Graphs

  • Figure 1: Virtualization Saving Percent by Sections
  • Figure 2: Virtual Desktop and PC and Laptop Market Share 2009-2016
  • Figure 3: Virtualization Deployment Percent among Total Infrastructure
  • Figure 4: Costing Elements and Trend of Virtualization 1996-2012
  • Figure 5: Cost Distribution Trend among Virtualization Elements 1996-2012
  • Figure 6: Cost Changing Pattern of Virtualization Elements 2002-2012
  • Figure 7: Virtual Machine Usage Trend Per Server
  • Figure 8: Cloud Computing Ecosystem Schema
  • Figure 9: Mobile Broadband Subscription 2007-2016
  • Figure 10: Cloud Types
  • Figure 11: Top Line Features of Private and Public Cloud
  • Figure 12: Placement of Private and Public in Hybrid Model
  • Figure 13: Operator Cloud Service Adoption by Customer Segment 2009-2012
  • Figure14: Mobile Network Operator Revenue Projection in Regions 2020
  • Figure 15: Worldwide vs USA Content Delivery Network Market Size 2011 and 2017
  • Figure 16: Worldwide Public IT Cloud Services Spending by Category 2009/2014
  • Figure 17: Telecom Active in Cloud Service by Region 2008-2012
  • Figure 18: Performance Comparison between Fixed Device and Mobile Devices
  • Figure 19: Types of Cloud Application
  • Figure 20: Smart Phone Users vs M-Health Revenue Share Projection 2015
  • Figure 21: List of Cloud Computing Leaders
  • Figure 22: Cloud Service Category Market Value vs Service Providers 2013
  • Figure 23: Amazon S3 Growth vs EC2 Instance Launch Count 2006-2010
  • Figure 24: AT&T Share of USA Cloud Computing Revenue 2012
  • Figure 25: MVNO Market Share in Regions 2012
  • Figure 26: List of MVNO Challenges and Opportunities
  • Figure 27: Mobile and Fixed Subscription Trend 2005-2016
  • Figure 28: MVNO Market Share in Regions 2012
  • Figure 29: Mobile Subscriber Market Share in Middle East
  • Figure 30: Mobile Penetration vs MVNO Likelihood in Middle East
  • Figure 31: Oman Population vs OMANTel Subscribers
  • Figure 32: Network Market Share Trend of Oman Market 2009-2011
  • Figure 33: MVNO Subscriptions in Oman Market 2009-2011
  • Figure 34: MVNO Connections of AT&T and T-Mobile US 2012-2013
  • Figure 35: Combined Network Connection Speed CAGR Projection 2012-2017
  • Figure 36: Electricity Savings vs Efficiency Gain with Data Centre Virtualization
  • Figure 37: NFV Architectural Framework
  • Figure 38: NFV Architecture
  • Figure 39: NFV Architectural Overview
  • Figure 40: Network Functions
  • Figure 41: NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 42: NFV Solution Sales Revenue by Region: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 43: Asia Pacific NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 44: Eastern Europe NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 45: Latin and Central America NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 46: Middle East and Africa NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 47: North America NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2013-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 48: Western Europe NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014-2019 ($M)
  • Figure 49: Technology vs Business Benefits with Continuity Plan

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Virtual Desktop vs PC and Laptop Market Share Percent 2009-2016
  • Table 2: List of Motivations for Cloud Computing
  • Table 3: Cloud Computing Challenges
  • Table 4: Key Features of MVNO Business Models
  • Table 5: Mobile Network Connection Speed by Global vs Regional